statue of an oni armed with a kanabo.
kanabo (metallic staff) is an iron or steel staff used in feudal Japan as a weapon.
It was constructed out of heavy oak wood, and covered with some form of metal
from the end to the middle, with metal studs along the metal-shod end. Later versions
were made entirely out of metal, but shorter. It was this later version that many
popular pictures of Japanese demons carry. It was usually a very heavy weapon.
of its sheer weight, only a few soldiers carried it. It was more of a mythical
weapon, often used in tales by the great Japanese demons “oni” since
the oni were extremely strong and could carry these mammoth weapons and so were
feared by many superstitious people. Today there is a saying in Japanese that
says, “Like giving a kanabo to an oni”- which means to give an extra
advantage to someone already holding all the cards.
used, the purpose of the kanabo was to smash enemies’ armor and break their warhorses’
legs. The art of using this cumbersome weapon, kanabo-jutsu, consisted of a mastery
of both balance and strength; it required great skill to recover from a miss with
the heavy club, which could leave a warrior open to a counter-attack.
Two-Handed Melee Critical: x2
Range Increment: –
The SRD only gives a means to determine costs and weights of weapons for Large
and Small versions based on the Medium weapons. Any supplied values are the author’s
is a giant steel/iron staff of japanese origin. A character weilding a Kanabo
with a Strength Score less than 15, it takes a -4 penalty on all attack roles.
Attacks of opportunity against the weilder after he has attacked gains +2 opening
bonus to all attack roles (all attacks of opportunity has to be made in the same
round as the attack).
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